Want To Try Hot Yoga?
When you add the word “hot” to something, it immediately becomes more appealing. Hot yoga has been popular since the 1970’s, but until this day it is getting more favored among young practitioners. Formally known as Bikram yoga, this is essentially like any other yoga, using the same poses and techniques—except that it is done in a hotter environment. In hot yoga or Bikram yoga, the temperature is raised to approximately 40C/100F.
Hot yoga claims many benefits including extra flexibility and release of more toxins, but as enticing as it sounds, hot yoga is just not for everyone.There are a few precautions to keep in mind.
Precautions of Hot Yoga
While yoga can offer benefits to people of all ages, hot yoga is not advised for children and elderly people. They have a higher risk of getting a heat stroke and adding exercise and excessive sweating with heat can be dangerous. This applies too for people with high blood pressure, heart conditions and those who are taking medications. Complications may happen anytime as you perform the routines in high temperatures.
Some of the risks of hot yoga include: dehydration, dizziness, nausea, weakness and fainting. This is why it is crucial to only go as far as your body can take. If you’re not used to hot climate, yoga or perhaps both, it might be best to think twice before joining such classes. It is crucial to hydrate before, during and after hot yoga sessions. This is more dehydrating than any normal workout, so remember to drink plenty of water to regain enough electrolytes after each session. Else, you might end up over fatigued in the next few days.
It is also recommended not to eat a heavy meal 3-4 hours before your session as the exercises under the heat can cause digestive problems. You also wouldn’t want to cut your routines short simply because of abdominal pains. Wearing light and breezy clothes are also advised as your body’s temperature is expected to rise.
Though some practitioners love hot yoga, some who do not favor such practice claim it can lead to damage the ligaments and tendons as well as cause muscle aches because of the change in temperature.
Things to Consider
There are many things to consider prior to engaging yourself to hot yoga. If you have doubts for whatever reason, approach an instructor who is credible and reputable enough to soundly answer your questions. Look around your nearest gyms or search for them online. There are a lot of known practitioners who can be consulted online or offline. Some of them are even free.
Yoga is tasking enough and in a heated environment, it becomes even more physically and mentally demanding. Before trying out hot yoga, take the time to understand what it’s all about. Listen to your own system. After all, you’re the best person who can actually gauge your resistance and endurance. While hot yoga has been known to leave people energized and revitalized, it has also proven to be difficult and possibly dangerous to other people’s health. Always think of safety above all else. Try a few sessions if it really is for you.